Warsaw to push for immigrant amnesty

Published on 20 June 2011 at 10:09


“Legal immigrants”, headlines Gazeta Wyborcza, describing a government plan to announce an amnesty for undocumented immigrants resident in Poland. According to the Warsaw daily, the new law initially formed part a more extensive bill on immigration. Fearing that such an ambitious bill could lose support ahead of parliamentary elections this autumn, the government now wishes to propose an amnesty separately. Estimates for the number of undocumented immigrants on Polish territory veer widely between 40,000 to 400,000. If passed, the new law would help verify these figures, granting temporary residence rights - including legal employment - to those who have stayed in the country continuously since 20 December 2007, or 1 January 2010 to those who have been refused refugee status.

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